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- Jennifer MacGowan  
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Earlier this month, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) rejected a proposal from Alberta transmission provider AltaLink to construct the proposed 240 kV double circuit Fidler to Chapel Rock Transmission Project spanning the MD of Pincher Creek.
Last year, AltaLink was directed to determine potential route options for the line by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) as part of the $300 million Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement (SATR) project.
In its decision, the AUC noted that the application to construct the project - which would see the installation of two new transmission substations, one northwest of Lundbreck and the other northeast of Pincher Creek, as well as several steel lattice transmission structures and a new 240 kV transmission line which would connect the two substations – included a Need Identification Document (NID) from the AESO for the SATR which did not provide specific approval for the Fidler interconnection or the Fidler to Chapel Rock line.
Therefore, in order for the project to be approved, the AESO will need to file a second NID for the projects, or make amendments to the existing SATR NID.
AltaLink’s Manager of Project Communications Leanne Niblock said the company is currently deciding how to proceed, following the decision.
“We are now going through the decision to determine its impact on our next steps,” said Niblock.
“We will continue to communicate with stakeholders in the area when we have more information.”
 

The decision came after months of public consultation between AltaLink and area landowners who would be affected by the installation of the line, many of whom opposed it on the basis of its impact on the landscape.
The project received substantial opposition from the Alberta Wilderness Association and members of the Livingstone Landowners Group (LLG), which represents more than 100 landowners in the region.
The groups voiced concerns that the project would irreparably damage some of Alberta’s most famous landscapes, without proper notification, study or consideration of alternatives.
They also argued that the proposed route did not stick to the corridor for which approval had been received.
“The important thing about this ruling is that it has restored ordinary citizens’ faith in the process of regulation,” said former AWA President Peter Sherrington, who represented the AWA at a public hearing regarding the project in Pincher Creek in August.
The full 26-page document detailing the AUC’s decision can be found online at auc.ab.ca.
Anyone with questions about SATR or 240 kV projects can call 1-877-269-5903 or email satrinfo@altalink.ca.
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